Teaching & Learning Literature - EDU00027I

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  • Department: Education
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Sarah Olive
  • Credit value: 30 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2016-17

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2016-17 to Summer Term 2016-17

Module aims

The module is intended to introduce students to the teaching of literature in schools and more generally, particularly how organic personal response to literature can be reconciled with formal literary-critical approaches. It will approach this through literary works often encountered in schools and the works of William Shakespeare

Module learning outcomes

Subject content

  • Develop a close knowledge of some key literary texts in the genres of poetry, prose and drama;
  • Consider the ways in which writers choices of form, structure and language shape meanings in texts;
  • Assess the ways in which the responses of other readers (including critical theorists) can affect their own interpretations of literary texts, so that they start to question and re-evaluate their beliefs and assumptions;
  • Extend their critical analysis skills, objectively assessing a range of factors and theories which may affect the ways in which texts are written, read and understood.

Academic and graduate skills

  • Students will be expected to locate and engage with a variety of literary, literary critical and theoretical sources. They will practice extracting key points from articles, identifying arguments and the evidence which support these. Students will be asked to engage with debates on set texts and resources. They will be required to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Students will also develop their IT skills by interacting with the VLE as an integral aspect of this module.


Task Length % of module mark
2000 word essay
N/A 40
3000 word essay
N/A 60

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Reassessment essay 3000 words
N/A 100

Module feedback

Individual written feedback reports, with follow-up tutor meeting if necessary. The feedback is returned to students within 6 weeks of submission.

Indicative reading

Hawthorn, J. et al (2001) Studying Literature: The Essential Companion London: Hodder Arnold
Onyett, N. (2005) Comparing Texts London: Routledge
Short, M. (2006) Exploring the language of poems, plays and poems. London: Longman.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.